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swerve away (from someone or something)

1. To turn or veer abruptly aside in order to avoid collision or interaction (with someone or something). I managed to swerve away from the oncoming truck at the last moment. The motorcyclist was bearing down on her but swerved away before hitting her. I swerved away from the bar when I noticed the creepy guy staring at me.
2. To avoid or evade (someone or something) by abruptly changing one's plans or intentions. We swerved away from the merger after we realized how badly it would impact our employees. I've really started swerving away from people who bring nothing but toxic negativity to the table.
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swerve into (from someone or something)

1. To collide with someone or something after turning or veering quickly, sharply, or abruptly to one side. I turned the corner and swerved into the principal, knocking her briefcase right out of his hands. The car lost control and swerved into a lamppost.
2. To enter into something after turning or veering quickly, sharply, or abruptly to one side. The truck swerved into my lane to avoid hitting the pedestrian on the road. I swerved into a side alley to avoid the police.
3. To become involved with or begin working in some different field, industry, area of expertise, etc., especially very suddenly or abruptly. I actually started out as a family photographer, but I swerved into doing headshots after getting into a conversation with a couple of actors at a party a couple years back. The heavy metal band started swerving into a more pop-rock sound in the early 2000s.
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swerve (away) (from someone or something)

to turn sharply away from someone or something. The car swerved away from Carla just in time. It swerved away just in time.

swerve into someone or something

to turn sharply and directly into someone or something. (Usually an accident.) The car almost swerved into a pedestrian. The bus swerved into a truck.
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Apart from teaching them the technical aspects of changing lanes properly, schools need to address the underlying causes leading to lane swerving (and other) accidents.
"The RAK Police have urged all drivers to adhere to traffic rules and regulations, and avoid sudden swerving, in particular."
Consunji told this writer he believes 'swerving' would be 'another non-technical and layman's term' open to subjective interpretations by traffic enforcers, prompting him to recommend that the term 'needs to be researched.'
And Curtis McDonald doubled City's lead on 70 minutes with a bullet header following another swerving cross, this time from skipper Joe Jacobson.
Swerving between lanes too quickly and without mirror-checks or indicators has been the top cause of accidents Image Credit: Shutterstock By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter
24 of the 122 fatalities on the emirate's roads in 2015 have resulted from people swerving into another lane
Major-General Mohammed Saif Al Zafin says increasing fines and penalties for risky violations including sudden swerving will reduce the rate of accidents.
Tim Stead, defending, said Bullock denied swerving his Peugeot and that he believed Mr Brear was the one driving dangerously.
Barry King, 39, is accused of swerving his 4x4 into Christian Brown, breaking his leg.
Dubai: UAE authorities are again stepping up their campaign to promote awareness on the dangers of sudden swerving on major highways.
Stunned cops stopped George McNaughton at 7 o'clock IN THE MORNING after he was spotted swerving on to the wrong side of the road.
Summary: Sudden swerving: Nearly 32 per cent, or 28 people, lost their lives in accidents caused by sudden swerving
Cops spotted Tom Devine's car swerving from lane to lane on the M8.
Sudden swerving and failing to use indicators can cost motorists as much as Dh1,400 in fines, in addition to four black points.